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  1. The Stray Sod

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Elizabeth Fields

    The Stray Sod
    There is a field in Ballymun called ‘Green Blakey’ where there is supposed to be a stray sod. This means that if you step after dark on this sod you will wander about unable to get out.
    My grandfather used to cross this field every night for years on his way home from his work so that he knew every inch of it. One night coming home as usual he happened to stand on the stray sod. He walked round the field for hours but he could not find his way out. Towards morning he turned round and walked in what appeared to him to be the opposite direction to home and this brought him home all right.
    Another time my uncle was coming home in the dark across ‘The Wild Field’ in Killeek. He stepped on the stray sod there and lost his way. He walked up and down by the gap for hours with-

  2. The Stray Sod

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Veronica Browne
    Informant
    Mrs Browne

    In some fields there is a part of ground called the stray sod. If anybody is crossing the field during the night and they stand on the stray sod they will not be able to get out of that field until daybreak. One night

  3. The Stray Sod

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Mrs Kelly

    Long long ago there lived in Donore a woman named Biddy Drumgoole. One night Biddy was coming home after bying a gross of eggs. She was crossing a field and stood on a stray sod. All night she walked round the field, but could not get out. People said she stood on a stray sod.

  4. Local Ghosts

    Language
    English

    There is a "stray sod" in one of Miss Murphy's fields in Sicily. Several people went astray in it at dark and had to keep travelling in a circle round it all night. It is supposed that when a person steps on a stray sod he should

  5. A Lone Bush

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Josephine Maxwell
    Informant
    Pat Kellagher

    thing vanished away from before him and he had no trouble getting home and he never asked to go that way again.
    This lone bush is also known as a stray sod. This stray sod is believed to be where an unbaptized child was buried. It was understood that no child wasn't baptized was refused christian buried and that known ever since as a stray sod.
    Who every goes into that field at night is always led astray.

  6. The Stray Sod

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Ita Mooney

    Clonsilla has always been a well wooded district. The people from other districts used to come and hide in it in penal times. In Luttrellstown Wood there is a stray sod. Once a man was coming home he stepped on that sod and he kept walking around in a circle till morning. That sod is supposed to be a round circle.

    Once there was a priest hiding in Luttrellstown. The English knew he was there and they set hounds after him. He went round and round in a circle and then gave a jump to set the hounds off his track that is supposed to be the original of the stray sod.
    In coolmine woods there is a stray sod it is said that the priest was killed there and anyone who ever steps on a sod where a priest has been murdered will die also.

  7. (no title)

    A man was coming home one night from playing cards. When he was crossing a field he walked on a stray sod and he couldn't get out of the field...

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Patrick Mc Aleer
    Informant
    James Daly

    A man was coming home one night from playing cards. When he was crossing a field he walked on a stray sod and

  8. The Stray Sod

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Noel Dean
    Informant
    Mrs Alice Heney

    There is a stray sod in the field up beside the Ruckalone Gate.
    One day, an "ould" woman was crossing this field an' she stepped on the stray sod an' the poor "oul" woman couldn't get out o' the field till mornin'.

  9. A Stray Sod

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Peggy Mc Cullough

    1. There are certain fields in this district that containes a stray sod and has a lot of storys connected with them. One of Byrnes fields of the Cavan contains a stray sod. If you were so unluckly to be crossing that field at twelve ocloc at night when the faires are coming they would be there till the next morning going round the field looking for the gate. When you would be coming near the gate you would see it but when you would come up to, the gate would disappear out of your sight.
    2. Once upon a time an old woman named Mrs Onews was coming home from the Cavan. On her way home she had to cross one of Byres fields whice the call the big meadow. She was so unlucky to stand on the certain sod that she went round the field for the whole night. At lenth she saw the gate she also saw a white woman standing on it. When the woman disappeared out of sight Mrs Ownes saw the gate and got out of the field.
    3. There are two ways to get out of a stray sod in the night. First is to sit down in the field then take out a fag and smoke it. Second is to close your eyes keep them closed for about ten minutes the you can see the gate and can get out.

  10. The Stray Sod of Ballinvalley

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Mr Reynolds
    Informant
    Mr Tobin

    In Ballinvalley there is a field called the [?]. In this field there are many old graves. In this field also there is a stray sod. They say that there is a child buried under this stray sod. The child it is said was never baptized and that it is not at rest because it never saw the face of God. If people walk on this piece of land it is said that they are sure to go astray. The grass always stays green on this sod and that is the only way people

  11. The Stray Sod of Fennor

    Language
    English
    Informant
    Mr Peter Brady

    The Stray Sod of Fennor.
    In the field where Fennor is buried there is a stray sod and if anyone walk on this sod he will lose his sight and will go astray.
    One night as my father was walking through this field everything seemed to grow dark in front of him and he saw h beautiful lights. He was going along trying to find his way he hit his head against and found his way to the house. When he came into the house he regained his eyesight.
    My Uncle who lives near Virginia has a field called the black field which has also a stray sod. One night a man was walking through the field

  12. Fairies

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Michael Mulligan
    Age
    13
    Occupation
    schoolboy
    Informant
    (name not given)

    There is a fort in a field outside Ballynacargy, belonging to a butcher named Gibney, and every night the fairies are supposed to be there.
    There is a path going through this fort, and there is a stray sod on this path, but it is not known in what place this stray sod is, but if you out you foot on it, you will be led astray.
    A story is told of a boy named Gaynor who lives in Ballynacargy being led astray one night coming home from a wake.
    He is supposed to have stepped on the stray sod, and his father found him afterwards near Lakenstown about two miles away at a river named Gurtheen.
    He was just going to jump this

  13. (no title)

    There is a fort in a field owned by Gibney Victualler, Ballinacargy and the fairies are supposed to be there every night.

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Mary Gaynor
    Age
    13
    Occupation
    pupil
    Informant
    (name not given)

    There is a fort in a field owned by Gibney Victualler, Ballinacargy and the fairies are supposed to be there every night. There is a path going through the field and in a certain unknown place in it there's a "stray" sod, and if you put your foot on it you'll be led astray. John Gaynor of Ballinacargy who was then 11 years old was coming home froma wake about three years ago and he walked on the "stray" sod and was brought back through Lakenstown. His father went to look for him and got him at a river called the Gurtheen 11/2 miles away from home. He was about to try to jump over it, (it is fairly wide and deep) and when his father spoke to him he said he didn't know where he was.

  14. Local Ghosts

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Kevin Clarke

    It is said that there is a stray sod in the Flax field in Gaskinstown. Mr. Thomas Heavey of Ganballagh was going

  15. The Stray Sod and the Hungry Sod

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Patrick Cassidy
    Occupation
    teacher

    It is quite a common belief in this district that there is such a thing as a "Stray Sod". If a traveller happens to put his foot on this sod in a field at night time he immediately loses all sense of direction. Stories are frequently told of people spending the whole night aimlessly wandering around fields which they know well, and unable to find their way home till morning. If a traveller happens to lose his way by treading on "a Stray Sod", and takes the trouble of turning his coat inside-out, he will at once be able to know where he is and find his way home. A Stray Sod is supposed to be the spot where an unbaptised child was buried.


    There is also the "Hungry Sod" or the Fod Ghorta as it is sometimes called. If a person happens to stand on this sod he is seized with hunger and weakness. The Hungry Sod is supposed to be the spot where an illegitimate unbaptised child was buried secretly.

    Patrick Cassidy N.T.
    Drumconrath
    Ardee

  16. (no title)

    About one mile from Ballinamore there is a townland named Aghaleague.

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Willie O Hara
    Informant
    Mrs Mc Ternan

    About one mile from Ballinamore there is a townland named Aghaleague. People named Armstrong had a farm of land in this townland. A certain field of this farm was supposed to contain a stray sod.

    One night a man named Mick McTernan was going to a neighbour's house, and he had to cross this field to go to it. As he was going to it he stepped on the stray sod. He lost the pass he was walking on, and he was wandering about the field till morning. Then he found the pass again.
    One night as a man named McCaffrey was crossing this field he saw a head-less coach. A few days after a rick of hay fell on him and he was killed.

  17. Fear Gorta

    Language
    English

    It is said that if anyone steps on a féar gorta he will fall down and if he does not get food he will die.

    A féar gorta is caused by people eating bread without dropping a crumb and this is said to anger the good people.
    There is a stray sod where an unbaptized child is buried and often people going home at night step on a stray sod and go astray. When a person goes astray he usually takes off his coat and puts it on inside out. This is said to enable him to find his way home.

  18. Stray Sod

    Language
    English

    Many people tell stories of a stray sod. If anyone chances to tread on this particular sod he loses all sense of direction and wanders round and round for hours completely lost.

    The remedy is. Turn your coat or put it on inside if (?) is supposed to bring you to your senses.
    This stray sod is supposed to cover the grave of an unbaptised child.

  19. (no title)

    About two miles from Ballyshannon there is a big stone called "the two mile stone". It is said that Finn Mc Cumhall threw it from a mountain seven miles away...

    Language
    English
    Collector
    Thomas Cleary
    Informant
    Mrs Cleary

    About two miles from Ballyshannon there is a big stone called "the two mile stone". It is said that Finn Mc Cumhall threw it from a mountain seven miles away. If you stand on one side of the stone you would not hear anybody calling on the other side. It is said to be a mysterious stone. Convenient to the two mile stone there is a “stray sod.” If you happen to walk on this sod at night you would not be able to find your way home.